Along with a rich portfolio, as an architect you will need to create a powerful resume to effectively present yours skills and experience to potential employers. If written carefully, your resume can successfully support your work and highlight your key areas of expertise.
Before you start writing up your resume, however, it’s always good practice by preparing a draft listing your key skills, achievements and experience. By doing this, you make your resume writing up a lot easier as you go.
So if you are looking for an architecture job, take a look at the following tips to help you increase your chances of getting hired:
What you need to do first is concentrate on those elements that can demonstrate you are an exceptional architect. When writing your professional summary think about what makes an architect successful focusing on the job-specific and generic skills as well as qualities you possess including:
- Designing and coordinating projects.
- Communication and teamwork skills.
- Attention to detail.
- Public relations and negotiation skills.
- Leadership skills.
- Knowledge of engineering.
- Knowledge of architectural codes.
- Design and CAD skills.
In regards to your employment history, describe what you have been doing as part of your placements or previous jobs - if any, and make a bullet pointed list of your responsibilities. These should be clearly visible so make sure they are short and concise as it makes it easy for employers to get an idea of your work experience.
For the majority of architecture jobs, you would need to have at least 3 years of work experience, so it is important to focus on developing your skills and gaining hands-on experience. If you have completed a Master’s degree, it would be much easier for you to justify that you are an experienced architect provided that the course offered you at least a year of professional experience in an architectural firm.
If you are struggling to describe on your resume what your duties were, take a look at the following main responsibilities of an architect to help you make a start:
- Discussing objectives, requirements and budget of a project.
- Using IT in design and project management using CAD software.
- Producing detailed workings and drawings.
- Preparing tender applications and presentations.
- Consulting with other professionals about design.
- Liaising with clients and advising them on practicality of their project.
If you feel you don’t have enough work experience, focus on your voluntary work, listing any projects you were involved with. You could also mention academic assignments where you had to make an architectural design from scratch and provide references to your portfolio.
Interests and Professional Memberships
On this note, it is worth referring to your key areas of interest in architecture. For example, are you more interested in landscape, urban design or sustainable design? Let the employers know what your main focus is and make it relevant to the position you are applying for.
Also, list any key professional architects whose work inspired you to make your own designs and refer to your professional memberships. For example, if you are applying for an architect job in Australia you would need to show you are a member of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects; if you are in the UK you will need the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) membership, and for the USA you need to be a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
If you want to land a job as an architect, you need to make sure that your resume highlights your key areas of expertise, interests and work experience. These three elements will help you demonstrate to employers you are a professional architect who’s valuable to every organisation!